MEDFORD, MA -- In a much closer match than each of their past two NESCAC matches, the Williams College Ephs (ranked #6 in NCAA DIII) edged the Tufts University Jumbos (ranked #17) in a close, 5-4 affair.
Despite dropping four out of six singles matches to a strong Jumbos squad, the Ephs won all three doubles matches to finish with a 5-4 edge against the first NCAA DIII-ranked NESCAC team they've played this season. The match was decided when Eph freshman Peter Frelinghuysen completed a comeback from a 1-0 set deficit to defeat Tufts' Ben Biswas, giving Williams the edge for good and their third straight win.
The Ephs were once again extremely strong in doubles play. Frelinghuysen and junior Alex Taylor defeated Tufts' Boris Sorkin and Nathan Niemiec, 2-0, in a retired match. Sophomores Arturo Kam and Calvin Chung won against the Tufts tandem of Carl-Herman Grant and Zach Shaff, 8-4. Finally, Eph sophomores Noah Reich and Austin Barr eked out an 8-7 victory over the Jumbos' Ethan Bershtein and Niko Hereford to complete the sweep. The Ephs dropped an exhibition match that did not count towards the final score.
The Jumbos, however, took the edge in singles play, 4-2. Each of Tufts' wins came in just two sets, with Sorkin, Paris Pentousis, Isaac Gorelik and Jack Moldenhauer racking up wins against Kam, Barr, Chung and Reich, respectively. Taylor, however, took down the Jumbos' Grant in two sets by a margin of 6-3, 6-4. And finally, Frelinghuysen's comeback -- the only three-set match and the last in order of completion -- proved to be instrumental to the Ephs' close victory.
In the end, the strong performance in singles play wasn't enough to take down the #6-ranked Ephs.
"Pulled out a tough one against a tough team," remarked Eph assistant coach Felix Sun following the hard-fought win. "Came out very strong in doubles. They came storming back in singles, but we were able to close it out. Back to it this week getting better everyday."
Next Saturday, the Ephs travel to Connecticut to play Wesleyan (ranked #7 in NCAA DIII), their highest-ranked NESCAC opponent yet.
1. Boris Sorkin (T) def. Arturo Kam (W) -- 6-2, 6-3
2. Paris Pentousis (T) def. Austin Barr (W) -- 6-4, 6-4
3. Isaac Gorelik (T) def. Calvin Chung (W) -- 7-6, 6-1
4. Alex Taylor (W) def. Carl-Herman Grant (T) -- 6-3, 6-4
5. Peter Frelinghuysen (W) def. Ben Biswas (T) -- 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
6. Jack Moldenhauer (T) def. Noah Reich (W) -- 6-2, 6-3
E. Michael Medvedev (W) def. Lantis Wang (T) -- 8-1
E. Ross Kamin (T) def. Kirun Cheung (W) -- 8-1